Preserving Peruvian Heritage
In August 2021 American non-profit CyArk provided a workshop on 3D Documentation for the team of professionals working at the El Brujo Archaeological Complex in Northern Peru. The workshop resulted in new skills related to the documentation of cultural heritage for Peruvian specialists and will also result in a virtual online experience to raise awareness for the cultural heritage of the region. This project was made possible through the generous support of the U.S. Embassy in Peru.
Fundación Wiese staff collect photogrammetry of the pyramid in Huaca Cao Viejo by Fundación WieseCyArk
Participants completed the 3D documentation of the incredibly well-preserved Huaca Cao Viejo, a 1500 year old pyramid complex built by the Moche civilization.
Training was provided via video conference and trainees were shipped the necessary equipment to use on site. Participants learned how to document historic sites using photogrammetry and process the resulting images to produce 3D models and interactive online experiences.
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Participants received a DSLR camera, drone, specialized software and training materials to complete the 3D documentation. These tools will be used on future initiatives to document, conserve and protect the archaeological heritage of Peru.
3D Digital Documentation
Following the virtual workshop, participants documented the Huaca Cao Viejo temple. At the end of each work day participants transferred the data back to CyArk staff who reviewed and provided feedback. In total over 5,000 images were taken of the sites. All the images were processed together by the participants to generate accurate 3D models. The resulting data will serve as an inventory of the sites and will also be used to produce an educational virtual tour.
Fundación Wiese staff conduct drone photography of the pyramid in Huaca Cao Viejo by Fundación WieseCyArk
Director of Research, Augusto Bazán Pérez completes aerial photogrammetry with a drone.
Cynthia Sialer collects photogrammetry data by Fundación WieseCyArk
Head of Conservation of Immovable Heritage, Cynthia Sialer completes photogrammetry at the at the ceremonial plaza of the stepped pyramid of Huaca Cao Viejo.
Fundación Wiese staff complete photogrammetry at Huaca Cao Viejo by Fundación WieseCyArk
Archaeologist Jose Alva completes photogrammetry of the ceremonial area with a relief featuring a polychromatic calendar.
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